Serious Motor Vehicle Accident
On November 1, 2008, at approximately 0130 hours, the Ledyard Police Department received the report of a motor vehicle versus tree accident on Spicer Hill Road near Route 117. The Ledyard Police Department, along with the Ledyard Fire Company Number 1, Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad, Gales Ferry Fire Department, and American Ambulance responded. On the arrival of emergency responders a BMW operated by Joseph O'Brien of 47 Park Avenue Exit in Uncasville was found crashed into a tree with 5 occupants inside. O'Brien, as well as several of the occupants, sustained serious injuries and required extrication. After a lengthy extrication, all 5 were transported to the W.W. Backus Hospital for treatment of their injuries.This accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information, or who may have observed the accident, is urged to contact Officer Bill Nott of the Ledyard Police Department at 860-464-6400.
Stolen Vehicle Fire
On November 21, 2008, at 2042 hours, the Ledyard Police Department received a cellular 911 call regarding a fire at the Lantern Hill boat launch. Ledyard Police Officers, along with firefighters from the Ledyard Center, Mashentucket, and North Stonington Fire Departments responded. Upon the arrival of emergency units a vehicle was found to be fully engulfed in fire, as well as a sizable area of brush. After the fire was extinguished by firefighters, an investigation was launched by the Office of the Ledyard Fire Marshal and the Ledyard Police Department. Investigation revealed that the vehicle, a 2006 Volkswagon Jetta, was reported stolen from the City of New London at some point just prior to the fire being reported. The origin of the fire is suspicious in nature. Anyone with information regarding this fire is urged to contact either Officer Rick McSwain or Lieutenant Michael Finkelstein at 860-464-6400.
On November 22, 2008, shortly after midnight, the Ledyard Police Department was contacted by the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital indicating that a 17-year-old had been taken to their facility with a stab wound to his torso, indicating the injury occurred at a party in the Town of Ledyard. While Police were en route to the hospital to investigate this stabbing the Ledyard Police Department received multiple 911 calls indicating that shots had been fired at Number 5 Wolf Ridge Gap in the Town of Ledyard. Ledyard Police Officers, Troopers from the Connecticut State Police, and Officers from the Groton Town Police Department responded. On arrival police found a large number of people fleeing. Three people were arrested by the Ledyard Police Department for weapons violations at the scene.
James Robertson Jr., 29, of 27 Hawthorne Drive, New London.was found with a loaded handgun in his possession. He was charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was released on a $10,000 cash bond. Shawn Rucker, 20, of 12 Harvard Terrace, Gales Ferry, and Gilene Sablon, 20, of 204 Connecticut Avenue, New London, were both charged with 2 counts of possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle after being found to have 3 knives and a BB gun in their possession. They are both being held on $5,000 cash bonds.The stabbing and shooting remain actively under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ledyard Police Department at 860-464-6400
On November 23, 2008, at approximately 1730 hours, the Ledyard Police Department received the report of a juvenile being assaulted. This assault occurred in the Highlands section of Ledyard, and also involved the juvenile having items taken from him during the assault. Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 2 16-year-old Youthful Offenders who were charged with robbery 2nd degree, assault 3rd, larceny 6th degree, and breach of peace. Both were held on $2,500 bond and were presented at GA 10 on November 24, 2008. A juvenile male was also arrested for assault 3rd degree. He is scheduled to appear at juvenile court Waterford. The juvenile victim in this case sustained minor injuries to his face and head